The music business was taken by surprise by the year 2023. After Lisa Marie Presley died, the music industry was saddened by the news of Robbie Bachman’s death. The Canadian drummer who started the 1970s rock band Bachman-Turner Overdrive died on Thursday, January 12, at the age of 69. Elvis Presley’s daughter also died on the same day. Read on to find out what killed him.
Randy Bachman is Sad About the Death of His Brother
Robbie Bachman, who started the rock band Bachman-Turner Overdrive in the 1970s, died on Thursday at the age of 69. Randy Bachman, a well-known guitarist, was his younger brother. On the liner notes of Brave Belt and BTO albums, the Canadian drummer was often called “Rob” or “Robin.” His band’s hits “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” and “Taking Care of Business” made him well-known.
Another sad departure. The pounding beat behind BTO, my little brother Robbie has joined Mum, Dad & brother Gary on the other side. Maybe Jeff Beck needs a drummer! He was an integral cog in our rock ‘n’ roll machine and we rocked the world together. #RIP #littlebrother #family pic.twitter.com/XASj6CVXzA
— Randy Bachman (@RandysVinylTap) January 13, 2023
Randy Bachman, his older brother and former bandmate, wrote on Twitter, “Another sad departure,” confirming that he had died. “The pounding beat behind BTO, my little brother Robbie has joined my mom, dad, and brother Gary on the other side. Jeff Beck might need a drummer. He was an important part of our rock-and-roll machine, and together we rocked the world,” he wrote. But the cause of death hasn’t been found yet.
Bachman-Turner Override, also known as “BTO,” was a big deal in music in the 1970s. At the peak of their career, the band played “stripped-down, blue-collar, meat-and-potatoes rock” in some of the world’s biggest arenas. The Bachman brothers really rocked the world together, from London’s Hammersmith Odeon to New York’s Madison Square Garden.
About Robbie Bachman’s Life Journey
Robbie loved playing the drums at home and playing with his older brother, Randy when they were kids. Randy hired his brother to play the drums for “Brave Belt” when he was 18. Chad Allan and Fred Turner were also part of this band back then. Allan Bachman left the band in 1972, and their brother Tim Gregg Bachman became the lead guitarist and singer for the band.
“Brave Belt” became Bachman–Turner Overdrive in 1973, and Robbie made the cool “gear” logo for the band. If you’ve heard this band, you may know that Robbie wrote “Roll On Down The Highway” with Fred Turner, which was one of their biggest hits.
There were some good times and some bad times for the band. Robbie went back to BTO in 1988 and stayed with them until they broke up again in 2005. Then, in 1991, Randy left. Randy Murray took over as guitarist after him. He toured with “BTO” until the end of 2004.
But Randy and Fred got back together in 2009 and made a new album, which came out under the name “Bachman & Turner.” Even though Randy was a very important part of the band, “BTO” would not have been the same without Robbie’s drumming. When “BTO” was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2014, Robbie went on stage with the original band members.
Robbie gave an interview ten years ago and talked about the band’s success. He said, “We didn’t tell anyone they were wrong or that something was bad or that they shouldn’t do this.” It was mostly just music to have fun too. Coming out of the 1970s, when there was the Vietnam War and a lot of political stuff going on (in Canada, with Trudeau and Richard Nixon, etc.), we just about had enough of all that.
BTO sold more than 30 million records during their time as a band. The band had hits in more than 20 countries and sold 120 platinum, gold, and silver records. The songs “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” and “Not Fragile” put the band at the top of Billboard’s singles chart. In this terrible time, our hearts go out to Bachman’s family.